'Gibson' Panorama by Spirit at 'Home Plate'
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit acquired this high-resolution view of
intricately layered exposures of rock while parked on the northwest edge
of the bright, semi-circular feature known as "Home Plate." The rover was
perched at a 27-degree upward tilt while creating the panorama, resulting
in the "U" shape of the mosaic. In reality, the features along the 1-meter
to 2-meter (1-foot to 6.5-foot) vertical exposure of the rim of Home Plate
in this vicinity are relatively level. Rocks near the rover in this view,
known as the "Gibson" panorama, include "Barnhill," "Rogan," and "Mackey."
Spirit acquired 246 separate images of this scene using 6 different
filters on the panoramic camera (Pancam) during the rover's Martian days,
or sols, 748 through 751 (Feb. 9 through Feb. 12, 2006). The field of view
covers 160 degrees of terrain around the rover. This image is an
approximately true-color rendering using Pancam's 753-nanometer,
535-namometer, and 432-nanometer filters. Image-to-image seams have been
eliminated from the sky portion of the mosaic to better simulate the vista
a person standing on Mars would see.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/USGS/Cornell
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